Even as a young boy, German-born artist, Claus Mroczynski, was fascinated with the indigenous people of North America, specifically the ancient inhabitants of the American Southwest. As an accomplished photographer, he spent more than two decades visiting the rugged deserts, caves, mesas, and mountains of the area, producing evocative portraits of sacred places past and present. Mroczynski's sensitivity and respect for these places earned him access to many hidden sites that few have visited.
Death Valley National Park involves the subject matter Mroczynski was so inspired by. He stated, “I became a landscape photographer because my love of the environment and its ever-changing beauty. I attempt to capture this unique American landscape in its entire splendor as well as subtle details. I am devoted to the survival of our endangered environment. Hopefully an awareness of what we all must strive to preserve will be experienced through these photographs.” A resident of Bucks County, Mroczynski maintained a studio near New Hope for 17 years until his death in 2006.